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Anniversary: Rehabilitation Act

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The Access Board was created when the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was enacted (section 502). The law also requires access to programs and activities that are funded by federal agencies and to federal employment. Later amendments strengthened requirements for access to electronic and information technology in the federal sector (section 508). With passage the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, a new provision (section 510) was added to address access to medical diagnostic equipment. The Board plays a lead role in developing and maintaining standards for electronic and information technology under section 508 and medical diagnostic equipment covered by section 510.

Signed by: Richard M. Nixon

Date signed: September 26, 1973

Public Law: 93-112

U.S. Code: 29 U.S.C. 701 et seq.